No doubt the big Jazz In Town event this weekend is the arrival of Billy Cobham Spectrum 40 Tour celebrating the release of the groundbreaking jazz-fusion album 40 years ago. At the age of 70, Billiy Cobham continues to be one of the world’s drumming forces in jazz and beyond. Since being one of the founders of the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the 1970’s plus his own recordings since, Cobham is one of the most pioneering influences in jazz-fusion. This includes being a part of the Miles Davis Bitches Brew project, which stamped jazz-fusion as a new line of jazz.
I recently saw Billy Cobham in New York City at Blue Note in an intimate trio with Ron Carter on bass and Donald Harrison on sax. This was a memorable evening of watching master drumming versatility in all styles. Machine like precision in jazz-fusion yet subtlety in playing classic tunes like All Blues.
The Billy Cobham Spectrum 40 Tour plays the Tralf this Sunday beginning at 8pm. Here is a clip of Billy Cobham speaking about the tour and gives us insight into the man himself:
And here is what the music from the Spectrum Tour will most likely sound like:
More Jazz In Town
Mark Filsinger and The Hot Trad Five at Merger Thursday August 28th at 7pm with Mark Filsinger, trumpet, Phil Sims, trombone, Jared Tinkum, guitar, Wayne Moose, bass, and Candice Thomas Djembe drums.
Joyce Carolyn and the Abdul-Rhaman Qadir Trio ith Dale Toliver on guitar and Barry Boyd on Fridady August 28th at the 31 Club beginning at 9:30pm.
The Jazz Example at the Anchor Bar Friday August 28th at 8pm and So Y Sombra Saturday August 29th at 8pm
Keep Jazz Alive In WNY!